Professor Theo van de Ven









Address: 3420 University Street, Montreal, QC, H3A 2A7. Canada
E-mail: theo.vandeven [at]
Tel: (514) 398-6177

Present Positions

Professor, Department of Chemistry, McGill University

Cofounder and acting CEO, TreeMaTech


1976 Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, McGill University
1971 Doctorandus (M.Sc. equivalent), Major in Physical and Colloid Chemistry, Minor in Theoretical Physics, University of Utrecht, Holland
1969 Kandidaats (B.Sc. equivalent), Chemistry, University of Utrecht, Holland

Professional Experience

2004 - present Professor of Chemistry, McGill University (tenured full professorship)
1990 - 2004 Paprican Adjunct Professor, Department of Chemistry McGill
1978 - 2004 Research Scientist, Paprican
2001 Van Arkel Professor, Leiden University, Holland
1981 - 1989 Research Associate, Department of Chemistry, McGill
1987 - 1988 Visiting Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Bristol, UK
1976 - 1978 Tutor/Research Fellow, School of Chemistry, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia


2012-present Sir William C. Macdonald Chair in Chemistry
2021 Included in Stanford University’s list of the Top 2% most-cited scientists in the world, January 29, 2021
2019 John S. Bates Memorial Gold Medal; In recognition of the great contribution to the science and technology of the pulp and paper industry, PAPTAC, Montreal, Feb. 2019
2018 Fessenden Professorship Award, McGill University
2016 Special issue in honor of Theo van de Ven, J. of Science and Technology for Forest Products and Processes, Vol 5 (issue 4), 2016
2016 Festschrift Symposium in honor of Prof. Theo van de Ven, February 2, 2016, Festschrift Book “THEO Scientific Papers and Reminiscences – Four decades of dedication”
2016 Award Banquet, PAPTAC Annual meeting, February 1, 2016
2012 Canadian Section of the Society of Chemical Industry, Kalev Pugi Award
2009-2016 Scientific director NSERC strategic research network on Green Fibres
2004 Guest Professor Technical University of Delft, Holland
2004- 2014 FPInnovations/NSERC Senior Industrial Research Chair in “Colloid and Papermaking Chemistry”
2001 Van Arkel Professor, Leiden University, Holland
1998 Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
1996 American Chemical Society Award in Colloid or Surface Chemistry
1991 Promotion to Principal Scientist, Paprican
1987-1988 Royal Society (Great Britain) Guest Research Fellowship
1976 PhD, McGill, Dean’s Honours list
1973-1975 C.B. Purves Fellowship

Professional Activities

2011-2017 Chairman of Annual FIBRE conference
2011 Chairman 85th ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium, Montreal
2009 Co-chairman, 7th International Paper and Coating chemistry Symposium, Hamilton, June 10-12
2003 Chairman, 5th International Paper and Coating chemistry Symposium, Montreal, June 16-19
1995-2000 Editorial Board, Langmuir
1995 Chairman, Gordon Conference on “Polymer Colloids”
1993 Vice-Chairman, Gordon Conference on “Polymer Colloids”
1993-present Organizer Annual Postgraduate Student Seminar Symposium in Pulp & Paper, Montreal
1991-1999 Associate of CIAR (Canadian Institute for Advanced Research)
1991-1994 Editor, Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
1990-1994 Member Professional Development Committee, CPPA
1990 Organizer, Sessions on “Polymer Colloids”, 33rd IUPAC International Symposium on Macromolecules, Montreal
1988-1989 Principal Editor, PhysicoChemical Hydrodynamics
1988- present Organizer Research Sessions, Annual PAPTAC meeting, Montreal
1987- present Member Research Committee, PAPTAC
1987- present Associate Member and Member Steering Committee, CRIP (Centre de Recherche en Ingénierie du Papier), École Polytechnique, Montreal
1986-1990 Council Member IACIS (International Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists)
1984-1985 Advisory Board of Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
1984 Organizer “International Symposium on Polymer Colloids”, Montreal

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